Library

LRC Mission Statement

The purpose of the LRC is to support teaching and learning across all departments of the school by providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment, developing and promoting access to a wide range of information resources and valuing each student as an individual learner. The LRC is committed to helping students to develop the skills they need to become independent learners and thinkers and to encourage a lifelong love of reading.

We are very proud of our Learning Resources Centre, situated on the first floor of the main building. It is a large airy space with capacity to seat a whole class for study, an IT area, an issue desk, display areas and a separate careers library.

Staff

The LRC is managed by our full-time librarian Mrs Wells, who is happy to help with advice on anything from finding the right book to help with homework to extending your reading tastes with a fiction book you might never have thought of trying! Mrs Wells is assisted by a team of Pupil Librarians, who help with the running of the library at lunchtimes. Pupil Librarians follow the School Library Association Pupil Librarian Toolkit, and work through a series of tasks to demonstrate their knowledge, gaining certificates from Bronze through to Platinum.

Opening Times

Monday- Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

Induction and Library Lessons

All Year 7 and Year 12 students receive a library induction. During fortnightly library lessons, Year 7 learn how to use the library for research, develop reading habits and become confident library users which supports their future studies. Most importantly, we endeavour to nurture a lifelong love of reading.

Use of the LRC

In order to preserve our library and ensure that the LRC is a clean and pleasant space for all students, no food or drink is permitted in the LRC, with the exception of bottled water.

Reading

Please click on the links below to view a list of recommended titles for different Year groups

Reading List for Years 7 + 8

Reading List for Year 9 + 10

Reading List for Year 11

Sixth Form English Literature Summer Reading

Please see Mrs Wells for Sixth form subject-specific reading lists

Each year, Weald of Kent participates in the South East Schools Themed Book Awards (SESTBA). A reading group run by Mrs Wells and Ms Foster reads the shortlisted titles and attends the awards ceremony at Kent College- always a fantastic evening!

Online Resources

Google Scholar -Search academic sources only

By joining Kent Libraries, students can access a wide range of reputable online resources. It is free to join and books can be reserved from any Kent library and sent to your local library for you to collect.

The British Library- click the ‘Discover’ tab to access the learning area of the site. Particularly useful for students of Literature and History.

The Wellcome Library- One of the world's major resources for the study of medical history.

The Churchill Archive- over 800,000 primary source documents to view online, from top secret telegrams to newspaper reports and photographs

BBC Bitesize- Learning resources for all subjects to GCSE

National Geographic – Geography, cartography and exploration.

Reading Websites

Good Reads

Love Reading

Reading Agency